Former Liverpool striker, El Hadji Diouf, has declared that the 2019 Afcon which will be hosted in Egypt will be a very difficult competition for the two top rated teams in the tournament, the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Teranga Lions of Senegal.
He also believes that hosts Egypt could be the team to beat when the continent’s best 24 teams battle for the Africa Cup of Nations title.
Diouf who was the winner of the 2002 African Footballer of the Year award said in Lagos, Nigeria before he featured in the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Testimonial game together with other top African legends in the match against Nigerian legends which paraded legends like Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia, Finidi Grorge, Emmanuel Amunike, Uche Okechukwu, Austin Eguaavoen and others to celebrate Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode whose tenure ends on May 29.
“First I want to commend the changes we’ve witnessed in CAF. They are doing a fine job. I like the changes and innovations in CAF,” the former Senegal international told All Nigeria Soccer.
“Talking about the AFCON in Egypt, there are so many good teams that will be at the Nations Cup. Nigeria can win it just like any other country. It will be difficult with 24 teams playing time around.
“I cannot say this team or that team will win this tournament but we know that whenever Egypt hosts the AFCON, they win it.
“Its just in the history of the tournament, they may win or not win but honestly the team that will win the AFCON must be mentally strong because there are so many good teams this year. It will be difficult,” El Hadji Diouf stressed.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will hold between June 21 and July 19, 2019.